Hey there, adventurers!

It’s the eternal outdoor adventure struggle: how to keep your backpack light weight without sacrificing the essentials. Since you’ve ended up here, you’ve decided that your camping coffee is an essential ingredient to your adventure, so we’ve put together some advice on the best brewing methods for that perfect cup of joe.

Portable Coffee Machines

a portable coffee maker and bags of 1085 Snowdonia Coffi 8 from 1085 Adventures.Though they’re not the most lightweight of options, travel coffee machines like the AeroPress GO or the Wacaco Minipresso GR are an excellent way to extract a perfect espresso while on the go.

The all-in-one machines just require a few simple steps and in about a minute, you’ve got a creamy espresso just waiting to be savoured.


If you can’t spare the 300-400g weight for one of these machines, the next step down in terms of weight is a pour-over coffee option such as the Java Drip. This attaches to your coffee cup, just fill the net with grounds and add hot water. There’s also pre-packaged versions of this pour over method, which is using drip coffee bags. These hang over your coffee cup using little cardboard feet, then you just pour your hot water over and voila!

Percolator Coffee Pot

percolator coffee potOne of the classic camping coffee brewing methods is to use a percolator coffee pot, which you can place directly into the campfire. It’s a super simple method, and all you need is a coffee pot, water, coffee grounds, and a fire. Make sure you’ve got a nice, comfy campsite ready complete with a roaring fire with some nice hot coals.

Then, follow these steps:

Step 1: Add just enough water to the pot to fill it just below the basket. There should be a mark on the pot indicating the level
Step 2: place the basket and stem into the pot
Step 3: Add two tablespoons of coffee grounds to the basket for each cup of water
Step 4: Put the coffee pot in the hottest part of the fire
Step 6: When the water boils move the pot to the edge of the fire
Step 7: Allow the coffee to percolate for 5 to 10 minutes
Step 8: Remove the basket and discard the grounds
Step 9: Pour yourself a delicious cup of camping coffee

Making Coffee Without Fire

As you’ve read, most of the methods of brewing coffee require hot water, which isn’t always a given when you’re out in the wilderness. Maybe there’s a fire ban, or you can’t fit a gas cooker or solar kettle in your pack. But that’s no reason to go on without your caffeine dose.

There are a few ways to make coffee without hot water, though they generally do take a little more preparation time. For example, a cold brew coffee could be the perfect way to get a delicious yet frosty beverage in the morning – just leave your coffee grounds in cold water overnight. Although it takes a lot longer, the gentle brewing method results in a softer taste.

Choosing the Right Coffee Roast

Of course, none of these brewing methods will result in a perfect cup of coffee unless you’ve found the perfect roast that makes your taste buds dance. We searched long and hard to find the perfect roast, and, unable to find anything, we came up with our very own camping coffee company: 1085 Snowdonia Coffi.

With three roasts to choose from to suit the different tastes from coffee beginners to coffee experts, the 1085 Snowdonia Coffi blends are available as beans or grounds in many different packaging options, ready for any of the brewing methods you prefer. We even have a coffee subscription that delivers your favourites to you on a regular basis, so you’re never without! With these options, your Snowdonia adventure is sure to be properly caffienated.